Tamara Out Loud

Christianity Archive

Wednesday

25

June 2014

7

COMMENTS

You Can’t Keep Me Out

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Christianity in general (and Evangelicalism in particular) has a great many vocal, self-proclaimed gatekeepers. They employ a range of scare tactics and subtleties, but the message is the same: “We” are in; “you” are out. This has long been the way of the Christian; it has never been the way of the Christ. Join me today at A Deeper Story for my short piece of spoken word poetry, You Can’t Keep Me Out.

Wednesday

14

May 2014

32

COMMENTS

Am I Qualified to Marry?

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“Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love.” — U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale When I read this, my first thought was that it was right on in capturing why anti-marriage laws are so injurious and unjust. But what quickly jumped out at me next was the phrase “unqualified to marry.” It made me wonder what qualifies […]

Friday

28

June 2013

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COMMENTS

How to Say Grace

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The Church is rife with divisions, and I so often find myself on the side that is excluded from the table. But my mother has taught me how to say grace, even from a distance. I’m honored to share her story with you today at A Deeper Story.

Wednesday

26

June 2013

2

COMMENTS

From Huckabee to Me: Diverse Christian Perspectives on the SCOTUS Decisions

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My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: "Jesus wept." — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2013 "You are exactly as human & worthwhile as your straight friends." -What SCOTUS is saying to LGBTQ people today; what Jesus has always said. — Tamára Lunardo (@tamaraoutloud) June 26, 2013 “There are many diverse views on same-sex marriage – and homosexuality itself – within the Christian community. And we believe that the full diversity of the Christian voice is not well-represented by the 24-hour-news shows or online pundits,  so we want to make a bit […]

Wednesday

22

May 2013

6

COMMENTS

Lord’s Name, Not in Vain

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I am known for using strong words like fuck to carry my message. And I am known for holding the Word of God in the highest esteem. So you should know when I use the word Jesus to curse what is awful, no, I do not take the Lord’s name in vain; it is the strongest word I know.

Monday

30

April 2012

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COMMENTS

The Simple Work of Your Hands

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“You see your blog as a ministry, don’t you?” he asked, assuming. I’d been blogging for about a year, but I’d never considered it that way til that moment. “Ministry” sounded a bit too grandiose for something so mundane as a blog. I just used an online space to tell my stories. I didn’t preach the Gospel; I didn’t heal the sick; I didn’t tend to widows and orphans. I just noticed and I thought and I felt and I wrote. And people came to that space to take in a little of life as I saw it, to laugh […]

Wednesday

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February 2012

10

COMMENTS

Open the Door and See All the People

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“Here is the church,” I laced my fingers together and hid them between closed palms. “Here is the steeple,” I shot my pointer fingers up and touched the tips together. “Open the door and see all the people,” I swung apart my thumbs and wiggled my entwined fingers. And this last was always my favorite part, the funny church members all wobbly and stuck together. My fingers have grown since those days, but I still like to use them to remind myself of what makes up the Church. For all the division and frustration, for all the disillusionment and hurt, […]

Wednesday

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February 2012

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COMMENTS

When Words Become Flesh

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I write monthly for A Deeper Story, where the group of us is blessed to tell stories of Christ and culture, given space both to wrestle hard and to weave soft. We tell the small stories so we might better know the Grand Story, and we sit in a virtual circle beside that space’s dear readers, shoulder to shoulder but for computer screens and miles, a community built on words and the Word. But we remember that the Word became flesh. And this Word-become-flesh brought light to our dark world, not in virtual community but in dwelling among us. And […]

Friday

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February 2012

24

COMMENTS

Permit a Woman to Speak

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There was much to-do on the Internet yesterday over a famous pastor and his ideas about the “feel” of Christianity. And the whole thing– yet another in a tiresome succession of divisive, hurtful arguments among the people who are meant to radiate Christ– was just too much for me. So I said only, “Grateful that Christianity is defined by Christ and not by famous pastors.” That sucker got re-tweeted and “liked” like nobody’s business. And everyone, with their own particular leanings, might well have imagined a different famous pastor as they raised amen with the click of a mouse. No matter […]

Tuesday

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January 2012

7

COMMENTS

The Pharisees Are Not Dead

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“Your very adamant message Is grace, grace, grace.” I take it as a compliment Of the highest order, “If I’m to err, I pray it will be On the side of adamant grace.” The study has seemed pretty easy, All of us scholars, Seeking Theo through logos. The commentators say, “The Pharisees are not dead.” And I think, “Sure– I see them all around, Preaching doctrine, Teaching standards, Guarding long-held ways.” (continued) *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!